Trade Deadline Reaction: Blue Jackets Quietly Take Care of Important Business

There were no major splashes made by the Blue Jackets ahead of Friday's NHL Trade Deadline. But, the team did take care of some really important business.

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Jack Roslovic was one of the many faces we got to know on this team during its rebuild period.

The Blue Jackets took care of their most pertinent piece of business at the end of the day, trading forward Jack Roslovic to the New York Rangers.

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This was the one player I expected the Jackets to get something for at this year's deadline. In fact, keeping Roslovic beyond today, would have been a failure for this team. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and does not fit into the plans here beyond this season.

Jack was acquired as a throw-in, in the famed Pierre-Luc Dubois for Patrik Laine trade with the Winnipeg Jets. This wasn't the trade that kicked off the rebuild in Columbus, but Jack would become one of the key faces of a team that spent the last few seasons mired in the rebuild struggle.

On some nights, Roslovic would give us a glimpse of potentially elite game-breaking talent. The problem is, those nights were just too few and far between for this team.

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This season started of slowly for him, but over the last several weeks since returning from injury, Jake did himself - and the Jackets - a huge favor by showing out and playing extremely well in top line minutes alongside Boone Jenner and Johnny Gaudreau.

I do believe this drove his value up a little bit. I didn't expect to get more than a late-round pick for him, so I'm pretty excited to see this return.

The important thing for Roslovic, and Peeke as well, is that they'll both get a chance to play playoff hockey this year and showcase their abilities elsewhere.

If I were giving this deadline a grade for the Blue Jackets, it's an easy "A" grade. Call it an "A+" even. They freed up part of the logjam on the back-end, and gave themselves some cap room moving forward. Hard to complain about anything they did today.